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2nd place

Broken Inn


Andrew W. Baldwin

A moonshining hermit. A budding reporter. A $25 million misdirection. The mob, undercover agents, and secret payloads make Broken Inn a dangerous place for a fresh reporter, a newspaper photographer, and a moonshining hermit.

Hailey witnesses a murder at the enigmatic Broken Inn, but when she learns that the hotel manager and her editor are pals, she investigates on her own. When a corrupt guard finds her snooping, she flees into a box canyon, where she is saved by a gin-brewing recluse named Relic. She reports the murder to a deputy, but for some reason, no arrests are made...

She enlists help from Ash, the newspaper’s photographer, but they must flee for their lives into the back country with Relic and a four-legged stray with a nose for trouble. They discover mysterious metal drums hidden deep in an abandoned uranium mine, but can’t tell what’s inside. And just when they’re most desperate for help, they learn that not everyone is who they seem…


Can they uncover the secrets of Broken Inn, dodge the syndicate, and head off an environmental disaster?

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Amazon Reviews Of The Book

This Relic is Hidden Treasure

A.W. Baldwin's Broken Inn is a satisfying western adventure but its real charm in this reviewer's opinion is the character of Relic. Now the Dictionary defines a Relic as, "An object surviving from an earlier time, especially one of historical or sentimental interest." With talented adventure writer Baldwin's Relic, we get a character that reminds us of Saturday afternoon Western movies we watched as kids but very much from the perspective of an adult mystery story.  Baldwin has an eye for detail and description and the hot desert is very much visualized in our minds as we embark on an eerie journey with the novel's main protagonist  Hailey and her notable companions. They are a gutsy newspaper photographer Ash, a dog with a nose for trouble ironically named Chance & of course the man of the hour, the scene-stealer Relic. The book moves briskly, never allowing for the reader to get a breather but always giving us new mysteries and has all of the essential elements of the things that are never what they really seem plot. Broken Inn is a part murder mystery, part western adventure, and all-around fun. All of the characters were well written but for my money,  the old-time western figure makes the book truly enjoyable. Put that old Relic on your Kindle soon. 


AW Baldwin pulls you right in with perceptive insights into bis characters and the landscape. This is the kind of book you carry around, eager to get back to the story. And when you have finished the book, you miss the characters, sort of like losing a friend. I think everyone will agree, Relic is a unique character that lights up every page he's on. A mix of Hopi and Scottish ancestry he leads this great adventure fighting for what is right in a world of greed and murder.

Relic strikes again

Broken Inn is the best book yet by Andy Baldwin. The read was very action-packed right from the start and hard to put down. The character Relic picks up more appeal for me in this book the way he was portrayed helping the other characters. I like the Relic character but also enjoyed the new ones Andy developed in the book. I want to know what happens to them in the next book. Really recommend this book and the series of books up to this new release.

Our Reviews Of The Book

Intriguing read!

Broken Inn is an action-packed book by A. W. Baldwin, and overall the characters are quite interesting. Particularly, Relic - one of my favorites. I enjoyed the way Relic was portrayed, and also, it is very important for me the message he brings to the reader and that he fights for what is good in this very materialistic world. Intriguing read!

Learn More About The Author

Andrew W. Baldwin


An avid backcountry hiker, canoer, and whitewater enthusiast, the author takes his readers on adventures in ancient lands that shape the motives and spirits of his characters.

A graduate of Wright State University and the University of Idaho School of Law, Baldwin has practiced law for more than 35 years. He began his career with a poverty law fellowship award on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, where he later became a staff attorney and then Executive Director of Wind River Legal Services, a legal aid program serving the Reservation and southeastern Wyoming. After successful civil rights and class action lawsuits, the Northern Arapaho Tribe hired him as in-house counsel from late 1988 to 1992, when he established a private firm that continued to represent the Tribe as well as individuals and other tribes in the Rocky Mountain West.


He has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and other Federal, Tribal, and State Courts. He won the right of the Northern Arapaho Tribe to operate (and self-regulate) the full gamut of casino-style gaming without state control. He has successfully litigated First Amendment religious liberties, voting rights, Tribal sovereignty, and for environmental justice. He earned his private pilot’s license in 1997.

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Interview With The Author

When did you start writing?

It took me several years to finish my first novel, Desert Guardian, because of all the obligations most of us share - work and raising a family - but I was able to focus a bit more in 2015-2016 and finished it in 2017.

What makes writing your passion?

The ability to put imagination into action, the process of creating something another person can experience.

What’s the story behind your choice of characters

A featured character in my first five novels is "Relic," a moonshining hermit of Canyonlands National Park.  I've spent a lot of time on the Colorado and Green Rivers (and others in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming) and I've often imagined meeting someone like that in those remote canyons.